WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Hannah Ritchie from Ohio suffers from gastoparesis, an incurable illness that causes paralysis to the stomach muscles and prevents her from eating a meal.
- She vomits and runs to the bathroom multiple times a day whenever she eats; but thanks to surgery, she was able to receive food through her nose.
- While her condition causes her to miss the foods that she loved, she is learning to cope with her illness by planning ahead.
Hannah Ritchie, a 20-year-old journalism student from Vermillion, Ohio will never eat a meal again. But thanks to being a vlogger on YouTube, she has found comfort by helping other people.
In February, Ritchie was officially diagnosed with an incurable case of gastroparesis, which causes paralysis to her stomach muscles. The chronic condition, which Richie suffered from since she was 16, caused her to vomit six times a day and running to the bathroom up to 30 times for chronic diarrhea.
Since July, the vlogger stopped eating completely because she gets sick every time she does.
Through a surgery in July, she gets nutrition through a temporary feeding tube that is hooked for 23.5 hours a day. The IV is fitted in her nose where nutrition is fed directly to her small intestines bypassing her stomach. By September, she was fitted with a permanent feeding tube.
“It basically gave my life back. I didn’t have to worry about eating anymore and getting sick from it,” said Richie who vlogs about her illness on YouTube.
Ritchie is now is trying to cope with a life without food. She will never enjoy her favorite pizza, cookies or steak. “I miss everything,” she said. She also said that watching her sisters Olivia and Allaina, both 12, and Haley, 16 have the experiences she missed out on can be very difficult.
“I wish I could just get up and go to university like a normal person but I just can’t. It feels very unfair sometimes, but I can’t let it control my life,” said Richie.
However, she said that with a lot of planning ahead, she is learning to enjoy activities and trips. In fact, she went on an amazing family vacation to Europe last September, although it took so much planning and adjusting with her illness. She also added that without her mother Julie, 46 and dad Scott, 49, she would never have been able to make it through.
According to Pharmacy Times, gastroparesis affects more than 1.5 million people in the U.S., with a reported 100,000 severe cases. Factors like diabetes, reaction to medication, or neurological disorders can cause the condition, however, in Ritchie’s case, the trigger is still undetermined.
“I cannot control my illness, but I can control how I view the world and how I approach my life,” added Ritchie who hopes her condition improves enough to finish her online journalism degree and have a normal life.
Source: Fox News